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World Cup Latest: Gays or Jews?

I started the day with John Oakley on Toronto's Number One morning show. We discussed Obama and the evaporation of the southern border - America's southern border, that is; on Canada's southern border, the US seems to be operating a policy that the more lax things get on the Rio Grande the more ruthlessly they make up for it on the 49th parallel. But along the way we also chewed over competing subtexts to the World Cup: a Russian Orthodox priests says the cleats are flamingly homosexual, while ...

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The Holes We Dig

Via Kathy Shaidle, I see that today is Courtney Love's 50th birthday. She's not my bag musically, but I treasure her for one brief exchange about a decade and a half ago. Circa 1998, Miss Love, lead singer of the popular beat combo Hole, was at a Democrat fundraiser in Hollywood when the party's presumptive presidential nominee, Al Gore, approached her. "I'm a really big fan," gushed the Vice-President. "Yeah, right," scoffed Courtney. "Name a song." The panicked Vice-Panderer floundered ...

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Bill of Sale

Toronto Dominion is a Canadian bank which also operates south of the border under the amusing name of "TD - America's Most Convenient Bank®". It's certainly proved remarkably convenient for Bill Clinton. TD has paid millions to the future first First Gentleman of the United States, during his wife's tenure as Secretary of State and in her ongoing role as designated President-in-Waiting. What exactly are they paying for? Speeches? He's less dull a public speaker than the average politician, or ...

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Mark's Mailbox

More Than A Warmin'

Thanks for another jolly mountain of missives on diverse topics, some of which we'll leave till later in the week. However, here's a question I don't get asked very often, especially from Lubumbashi - or, as we Belgian imperialists, like to think of it, Élisabethville: Dear Mark, I live in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and have neither seen or heard you. However, I love your writing. As with many movies, the book is always better. Should I download you now, or leave it to my imagination? ...

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Steyn on Stage and Screen

Independence Day

For the post-holiday weekend in America, how about an Independence Day movie? We're not the most inspired chaps around here, so, from 18 Glorious Fourths ago, here's Roland Emmerich's Independence Day. The music for this film is by David Arnold, who went on to succeed John Barry as James Bond's house composer, in part because his score here reassured Barbara Broccoli that he could handle a big-budget blockbuster. You can hear David and other members of the 007 family paying tribute to John ...

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The Hugh Hewitt Show

Declaration of Dependence

In my weekly conversation with Hugh Hewitt, we looked at America at home and abroad on the nation's 238th birthday. I suggested to Hugh that, from Obama's point of view, everything was proceeding according to plan...

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Sporting Notes

Rolf Harris' disastrous legal strategy, and Mark's World Cup memories

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American Innovation - For Export Only

The Toronto Star has one of those heartwarming miracle-operation hospital stories that newspapers run from time to time, whose meaning for American readers is something else entirely...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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The Challenges of Diversity

Texas Governor Rick Perry is being criticized for declining to greet President Obama at Austin-Bergstrom Airport tomorrow when Air Force One touches down and the bazillion-car motorcade takes off for some vital Democrat fundraisers. Perry instead would like a substantive meeting to discuss the foreign invasion currently ongoing at Texas' southern border, but Obama doesn't do substantive meetings, and in any case, as the principal facilitator of the southern invasion, any discussions between him ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Fly Me To The Moon

I wouldn't want June to recede too far into the rear mirror without noting that it marked the 50th anniversary of a great and historic recording that, before the Sixties were out, burst the bounds of the planet. In June 1964, Frank Sinatra and Count Basie were in the studio making their second album together, It Might As Well Be Swing. The arranger was Quincy Jones, and his work for the set included a chart Frank kept in the act all the way to his very last concert and then had chiseled on his ...

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Steyn on Culture

New Balls

I was sorry to see my compatriot Eugénie Bouchard lose in the Wimbledon ladies' final. A Montrealer, she's named after the Queen's granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, yet bears the illustrious francophone surname of the former future président de la république himself. Most unusual. Eugenie's mum, Julie LeClair, named her twin sister after Eugenie's sister Princess Beatrice and her brother after Prince William. My friend Dr Roy apparently has a rival for the hitherto not terribly competitive of Quebec's most ardent monarchist.

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Seasons of Steyn

America The Beautiful

To all our American readers, a happy Independence Day! I have some more mordant thoughts on the day here, but this much requested essay is taken from my book A Song For The Season: In 1893, a Massachusetts professor called Katharine Lee Bates was giving a series of summer lectures on English literature at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs. "One day," she recalled, "some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. We hired a prairie wagon. Near the top we ...

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Topical Take

The Spirit of Independence

Here's a column from 15 Fourths of July ago in The Daily Telegraph, in which features of life that have become far more oppressive of late were nevertheless already present, even in my beloved New Hampshire, even on the national holiday...

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Defend Free Speech!

Allegheny Front Group

Michael Mann's fraudulent Nobel claims fools gullible public-radio rubes, but not his fellow scientists

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